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An English ship, the first to arrive at Roanoke Island since 1587, finds no remaining trace of the settlers or their settlement     
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Colonists establish the first lasting British settlement in the new world, at Jamestown      
American neighbour of the Jamestown settlers, 1612
National Archives, Kew

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John Smith claims (many years later) that when captured by Indians he was saved from execution by Pocahontas, daughter of the chief       
Map of Virginia featuring an image of Pocahontas, 1608
National Archives, Kew
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Henry Hudson reaches the inlet of New York Bay and explores the river now known by his name      
The American Indian princess Pocahontas is taken hostage by Jamestown colonists in the first Anglo-Powhatan war       
Pocahontas is baptized a Christian and marries John Rolfe, one of the Jamestown colonists       
Pocahontas fascinates Londoners when she arrives with her husband to publicize Jamestown       
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John Smith publishes A Description of New England, an account of his exploration of the region in 1614       
1620 September 16
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The Pilgrims (or Pilgrim Fathers), a group of 102 English settlers, sail in the Mayflower to the new world       
1620 November 11
Ten days after their first landfall, at Cape Cod, the adult males on the Mayflower agree a form of government for their new colony